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Flames win 10th straight to tie team record

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by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com
FLAMES MATCH FRANCHISE RECORD WITH 10TH STRAIGHT VICTORY

Kris Versteeg (0-2-2) scored the decisive shootout goal to help the Calgary Flames edge the Pittsburgh Penguins and extend their winning and point streaks to 10 and 12 games (11-0-1), respectively. Calgary equaled the longest single-season win streak in its history, a mark set as the Atlanta Flames from Oct. 14 to Nov. 3, 1978, and moved within one game of equaling the longest point streak in its history, trailing ]a 13-game run from Nov. 10 - Dec. 8, 1988.

* At 39-26-4 (82 points), Calgary moved into a tie -- in terms of points -- with the Anaheim Ducks (36-23-10, 82 points) for second place in the Pacific Division.

* Calgary became the fourth team to earn a win streak of 10-plus games this season, joining the Columbus Blue Jackets (16-0-0), Minnesota Wild (12-0-0) and Philadelphia Flyers (10-0-0). Elias notes that it marks the first season in NHL history when four teams earned win streaks of 10 games or more; 2015-16 is the only other season with three such runs.

* Brian Elliott (32 saves) earned his ninth consecutive win and improved to 13-1-1 in his past 15 decisions since Jan. 26 (1.93 goals-against average, .934 SV%, 2 SO).

Video: Versteeg, Elliott lead Flames to 10th straight win

 

MONDAY'S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

Tampa Bay 3, NY RANGERS 2
Columbus 5, PHILADELPHIA 3
Carolina 8, NY ISLANDERS 4
NASHVILLE 5, Winnipeg 4 (OT)
CALGARY 4, Pittsburgh 3 (SO)
Boston 6, VANCOUVER 3
ARIZONA 1, Colorado 0
St. Louis 3, LOS ANGELES 1

 

BLUE JACKETS SET FRANCHISE RECORDS WITH WIN

Zach Werenski (1-1-2) scored the first of three unanswered goals by Columbus and Brandon Dubinsky scored the winning goal in the third period to help the Blue Jackets (44-18-6, 94 points) establish team records for wins and points in a season.

* Columbus moved within one point of two Metropolitan Division rivals, the Washington Capitals (44-17-7, 95 points) and Pittsburgh Penguins (43-16-9, 95 points), for the top spot in the League.

* Sergei Bobrovsky (23 saves) earned his fifth straight victory and League-leading 37th win of the season, while Cam Atkinson scored his 31st and 32nd goals to extend NHL career highs for goals and points (32-27-59).

Video: Atkinson, Bobrovsky lead Jackets to 5-3 win

 

CLUBS EARN KEY WINS IN PLAYOFF PUSH . . .

The Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues all earned victories to gain valuable points in their respective playoff races.

* Brad Marchand (3-1-4) had a hat trick in the third period - including a highlight-reel game-winner - to help the Bruins to their 11th win in their past 14 games. At 36-26-6 (80 points), Boston moved within four points of the Ottawa Senators (39-22-6, 84 points) for second place in the Atlantic Division. Marchand's second NHL hat trick propelled him into ties with Sidney Crosby for first in the League in goals (35) and second in points (74) behind Connor McDavid (23-52-75).

* Brayden Point (2-0-2) celebrated his 21st birthday with the first multi-goal game and game-winning goal of his NHL career, and Tampa Bay (33-26-9, 75 points) improved to 6-1-1 in its past eight games. The Lightning moved within a point of the idle Toronto Maple Leafs (31-22-14, 76 points) for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

* Five different Predators scored, including James Neal's overtime goal winner, and Nashville (34-24-11, 79 points) maintained a two-point lead over the Blues (36-27-5, 77 points) for third place in the Central Division. Neal (20-17-37) has hit the 20-goal plateau in each of his nine NHL seasons.

* Jake Allen made 38 saves to help the Blues to their fifth straight victory and increase their lead for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference to five points over the Kings (33-29-6, 72 points). Allen has won each of his past four starts and tied his NHL career-high of 26 wins set in 2015-16.

 

. . . HURRICANES STORM INTO BROOKLYN AS SPOILERS

Jaccob Slavin (3-1-4) had his first career hat trick and four-point game when the Carolina Hurricanes (28-27-11, 67 points) stalled the New York Islanders' (32-25-11, 75 points) playoff push and halted New York's home point streak at 11 games (9-0-2).

* Per Elias, Slavin, who entered with 44 points (four goals, 40 assists) in 128 NHL games, became the first Hurricanes defenseman to have a hat trick since Joe Corvo on March 16, 2008 against Ottawa.

Video: Slavin's first hat trick leads 'Canes to 8-4 win

 

LOOSE PUCKS

Mike Smith (22 saves) earned his 22nd shutout as a member of the Arizona Coyotes to establish a new franchise record . . . Bruins forward David Pastrnak (3-9-12 in 9 GP) and Blue Jackets forward Sam Gagner (4-4-8 in 6 GP) each extended point streaks . . . Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller played in his 700th NHL game . . . Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov had two assists to boost his totals to 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in his past 10 games . . . The League launched the Greener Rinks initiative as a focal point of its NHL Green Week activities . . . San Jose Sharks forward Joe Pavelski, Ducks goaltender Jonathan Bernier and Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson were named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending March 12 . . . Renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris unveiled portraits of Mark Messier and Sidney Crosby as part of the NHL Centennial Celebration.

 

SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY'S ACTION

All Times Eastern

Winnipeg @ New Jersey, 7 p.m., MSG+, TSN3
Minnesota @ Washington, 7 p.m., SNP, CSN-DC, FS-N, FS-WI
NY Islanders @ Carolina, 7 p.m., FS-CR, MSG+ 2
Chicago @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, SNE, RDS, CSN-CH
Tampa Bay @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., RDS2, TSN5, SUN
Toronto @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., TVA Sports, FS-F, TSN4
Dallas @ Edmonton, 9 p.m., SNW, FS-SW
Arizona @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., FS-W, FS-A
Buffalo @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., CSN-CA, MSG-B

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DIVISION LEADERS CONTEST KEY MATCHUPS

The top positions in the Atlantic, Metropolitan, and Central Divisions will be contested with the Montreal Canadiens (39-22-8, 86 points), Senators (39-22-6, 84 points), Capitals (44-17-7, 95 points), Wild (43-18-6, 92 points) and Chicago Blackhawks (43-20-5, 91 points) all in action.

* Two of the League's top teams face off when the Eastern Conference-leading Capitals host the Western Conference-leading Wild. Washington looks to end a four-game slide while Minnesota will look to extend its lead over Chicago atop the Central Division.

* The Blackhawks will attempt to regain that top spot in the Central Division and Western Conference when they visit the Canadiens on NBCSN. Chicago trails Minnesota by one point in the Western Conference race, while Montreal will look to extend its lead over Ottawa atop the Atlantic Division standings.

* The Senators look to extend their win streak to seven games and catch the Canadiens when they host the Lightning (33-26-9, 75 points), who aim to extend a three-game winning streak and catch Toronto (31-22-14, 76 points) for the second wild card into the playoffs from the East.

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